And when I started to do a bit of research, I discovered some interesting facts pertinent to the Stehekin valley, and the Pacific Northwest. I have always understood that the fire lookouts were for the specific purpose of having high elevation observers able to report undetected fires to authorities. Early detection and quick response were the objective.
|a few years ago - fire at Flick Creek as viewed from the head of Lake Chelan|
edited to add: the lookout photos in this post are believed to be Boulder Butte Lookout. These were generously shared with us by Karen Brockman, whose father spent his summer as a lookout while he was in college (probably 1932 or 33).